Fishermans Walk, Bournemouth

Fishermans walk beach is arguably the best of a fine set of beaches that collectively make up the Bournemouth beaches. It is a little quieter than the main Bournemouth beaches of East Cliff beach and West Cliff beach. Yet Fishermans Walk is still a bustling friendly beach. There are acres of golden sand.

Fishermans walk possesses a coveted Blue flag. This is a national recognition for the very high standards of cleanliness and water purity. The beach has it’s own lift. The less mobile can still easily get to and from the beach in summer. For the most people though, a stroll down through the Fishermans ZigZag will bw fine. It takes you down a gentle gradient to the beach below.

Because Fisherman’s walk beach is primarily a family beach and caters for families with small children, it is, during the summer months a people only beach – no dogs.

A view East towards Hengistbury Head along Fishermans Walk Beach
A view East towards Hengistbury Head along Fishermans Walk Beach

But there is a dog excercise area sandwiched between Fishermans walk and Southbourne beach to the east. There is more information on which of the Bournemouth & Poole beaches allow dogs on the beach and when in This Link.

The beach has its own food/drink outlets, toilets and other facilities and is a very fine and safe family beach. There is a viewing area at the top of the cliff which allows a spectacular vista from Poole Harbour entrance round to Hengistbury Head and the Isle of Wight.

Fishermans Walk Parking (BH5 1LL)


A view from the clifftop looking down along Fishermans Walk Beach
A view from the clifftop looking down along Fishermans Walk Beach

Fishermans walk beach and also the eastern end of Boscombe beach are lucky to have a significant amount of free street parking available. This free street parking is mainly between the Commodore Inn and Byron Road junction on Boscombe Overcliff Drive. Most of this parking is nose on parking on the seaward side of the road. There is also normal street parking on the northern side of the road.

The last time I looked this street parking was still free and time unlimited. But it is important to verify that this is still the case. Bournemouth Council are renowned for reducing the amount of free on street parking every year.

From the street parking there are some fairly steep pathways down to the beach known as the ZigZags. You can use the cliff lift. It costs a relatively small amount of money, especially if you are carrying masses of equipment.The cliff lift is almost opposite the Commodore Inn. The post code I give above is about mid way along the area that has street parking. So if you are driving along the road either east to west or west to east you should find parking both before and after this post code.